By G9ija

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that stoking ethnic and religious prejudices would not augur well for the development of the country. Speaking yesterday in Abuja, he said his administration would continue to create the enabling environment for religious freedom as guaranteed by the constitution.

The President was addressing the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), led by its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, during a courtesy call to the State House.

He said: “The Federal Government will continue to promote religious freedom as it is a constitutional responsibility. I must thank the Muslim Ummah for promoting inter-religious dialogue in the country. It is self-evident that if the country must work, we must continue to work together in spite of our ethnic, religious and political differences because Nigeria is our collective project.

“Accordingly, the Federal Government, under my leadership, does not and will not allow religious prejudice or partisanship to influence any of its decisions and policies. It is my solemn decision to be fair and just to all segments of society.”

Buhari assured the delegation that government was doing all within its powers to bring the current state of insecurity to the barest minimum, calling on the local community to assist security forces as they perform their duties.

He also spoke on efforts of his administration towards making life better for the average Nigerian. Earlier, the Sultan commended the Nigerian leader for the successes achieved so far in the North East, appealing to the current administration to deal decisively with the banditry in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and some parts of the North Central.

While expressing confidence that security forces, with better synergy among them, would overcome the current challenges, the NSCIA leader solicited cooperation of the governors and Nigerians for the new service chiefs.